I Have Trichotillomania

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    I pull out my eyebrows,

    my high school graduations tomorrow. My dad was just making fun of me for it and to make me feel better my mom said "she's still beautiful" in response my dad said " yeah and you think Bruce Jenner's beautiful too" I used to not be so insecure about them but that,that really got...
    JulesG04 JulesG04
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Jun 1, 2015

    I started pulling out my eyelashes obsessively

    in 3rd grade. It has been less consistent, but i still do it. We always thought it was just a bad habit or a side effect of my add medication.
    Megsupermario Megsupermario
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Aug 7, 2014

    Almost relapsed when I hunt pulled in a day!

    Then I realized and I put my head band on and got my ribbon
    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7
    16-17, F
    Jan 29

    I am so scared that I am going to lose control

    and pull too much causing a bald spot. It took me almost six years to get my hair back to the length it is after a very bad hair cut from my sister caused it to be just inches long. I don't want to lose all this progress again. I've been so careful for this long but I feel as...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Mar 23

    My Name is Holly and I am currently directing a

    documentary about compulsive non-food eating for a UK broadcaster. We are filming with a number of cases in both the UK and the USA to help understand how the condition affects the lives of those who live with it. the difficulties in getting it diagnosed and available...
    Hbourne Hbourne
    26-30, F
    Feb 16

    Trich And How I Stopped

    Hey, my trichs-in-law. Today, I am going to share my entire story of Trichotillomania and how I have managed to make a great recovery (for those of you who have trich, you will know what a task this is). I know exactly where it all began. Right now I'm 17 years old. The incident...
    Petrea94 Petrea94
    16-17, F
    54 Responses Nov 22, 2011

    I hate this but it's growing back slowly

    but surely! Started the 27th and haven't picked since yesterday sometime. Wish me luck and I wish you luck too I will give daily updates on here sometimes just on my profile Photo of how it looks. It's worse then it seems but this is the best shot I could take
    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7
    16-17, F
    Jan 28

    A Cured Hair Puller

      Each thread of hair feels as soft as silk as I play with it with my fingers. I touch the root of one hair I have been dying to pull. I reach the root and dig my nails into the skin and there is a slight pop. I slowly part it from my head and feel a rush of relief. My...
    LDAWG1 LDAWG1
    16-17, F
    17 Responses Aug 13, 2007

    I have been suffering from trich

    for 4 years and in those 4 years I have gone to 4 different schools because of bullies. This year I am going to a new school and I am determined to not pull my hair out this summer!
    hairlesscareless hairlesscareless
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Jul 21, 2014

    I battled with Trichotillomania my entire life

    but had no idea what it was until last year when things got worse after I was assaulted by my ex. I couldn't get the feeling of his unwanted touch off me. I was able to control it for a year but now that it is coming up on the one year anniversary of my first husbands death I am...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Mar 23

    Today is the day that I shaved my head don't be

    scared ladies it really isn't that bad. Remeber that hair does grow back and it doesn't chage who you are so keep your head's up and don't let trichotillomania get the best of you because you're all over comers :)
    KianiYvonne13 KianiYvonne13
    18-21
    Mar 24, 2014

    My Life Because Of Eyebrow Pulling

    I’m 19 years old and I plug out my eyebrows. Most of the time I felt like I was the only one in this world with this problem until I started getting the urge to take out my eye lashes. So I went on and searched in Google “I plug out my eye lashes”, then I came across the...
    yasmilg1 yasmilg1
    22-25, F
    46 Responses Sep 26, 2010

    im not sure when i started pulling my hair

    but i have been doing it for years and im now 27. i also have depression/anxiety which im on medication for and had a very bad past. i have tried shaving my hair and letting it regrow but it hasnt worked. i thought to was just a habit i could get out but never been able to...
    shinedownbabyxo shinedownbabyxo
    26-30, F
    Jul 10, 2014

    I came onto the computer today finally fed up

    with my dumbass pulling out all of my hair. I searched up to see what in the hell is wrong with me when I came across here. Reading all of your stories, seeing how many of you are actually in my shoes. It actually kind of brought me to tears, seeing that I am not a freak or...
    whyme96 whyme96
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 9

    Havent pulled at all today

    and only a little last night.. Baby steps :D (if you need somebody to talk to PM me :)
    taylorrolyat14 taylorrolyat14
    16-17, F
    Nov 22, 2014

    Trichotillomania or known

    as "trich" is a super rare disorder that I happen to have, yes.. You heard it, I pull my hair out, I always hear people ask "but does it hurt?" No. It doesn't, it's relieving, actually, but the feelin after isn't. Constantly looking in the mirror and breaking down into tears...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    6 Responses Nov 4, 2014

    I do my hair nice with hopes

    that it will stop me for the day and it had no effect what so ever.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Mar 23

    I've just hit the 48 hour mark of not touching

    my hair...not easy, I've literally had to stop myself from reaching up, and several times thought "just once won't hurt". After 17 years making it just 2 days feels so awesome.
    starlit85 starlit85
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Jul 16, 2014

    Update from my last post,

    its been about two months since I stopped pulling my hair out! I'm so happy!
    Abizabeth Abizabeth
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 11, 2014

    So, my eyebrows were growing back.

    ..until some bad news hit us and now its like I can't stop pulling. I am stressed beyond belief, I am trying to figure out what is the best thing to do but....no matter which choice it is I feel like its the wrong choice...I wish for once I had a playbook of all my decisions and...
    SnowVixen SnowVixen
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 17

    I started pulling my eyebrows out 4 years ago,

    then once I had none left I started ripping out my eyelashes. I still have no eyelashes and eyebrows and I occasionally pull from the hair on my head too. I also have urges to pull other people's hair out especially if they have a hair that is out of place.
    behindblueeyess behindblueeyess
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jun 22, 2014

    I have trichotillomania

    and im 11.No one understands me.I cant just stop pulling out my hair.I started pulling out when i was in grade 4 now im in grade 6.People say i cant understand what stress feels like,but im someone who has living with stress for 3 years :(
    RoseSmith6677 RoseSmith6677
    13-15, F
    4 Responses Feb 28

    I Am More Than Just Trichotillomania

    She touches her hair in a certain way. It’s very particular, very deliberate. Almost as if she is searching for one specific strand. But she’s only half conscious about what she’s doing. Found. Beautiful, fingers glide and caress and twirl. The flirting becomes violent...
    h0pelessh0pe h0pelessh0pe
    18-21
    5 Responses Jul 9, 2013

    Long new fidget ribbon.

    I'm almost bald in one area. So excited to have it grown back!!!
    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7
    16-17, F
    Jan 28

    I Have Trichotillamania

    I first realized my Trichotillamania in 3rd grade. I would twist my hair around my finger, forming it into a knot, then I would rip it off. I did this atleast a hundread times a day. Until I got caught, I stopped. A year later I felt it, a strange pain in to eyebrows and eye...
    AreYouMadCool AreYouMadCool
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Apr 27, 2013

    I'm using a fidget toy that's twisted

    and has plastic ends, using this instead of picking at my hair and I hope I can successfully kick this, I try to heal and I fail but this is going to be it. I'm so tired of looking in the mirror at my growing bald spot in the front of my head becoming more noticeable
    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7
    16-17, F
    Jan 28

    I Wish I Could Stop.

    I've been pulling my hair and eyelashes out for many years. Since i was a little girl, now being 18. I used to have long beautiful eyelashes and hair. My pulling has gotten so bad that I have bald spots all over my head and i wear fake eyelashes everywhere I go. Some of my...
    mariexo mariexo
    18-21
    3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

    so this is new for me

    because I usually don't talk about it because I'm ashamed.. the pulling isnt new.. I started pulling out my eyebrows in the 8th grade and my school had a policy about makeup so I couldn't do anything about it except embrace it. during the school year is when it's hard for me to...
    Brokenbeauty15 Brokenbeauty15
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Feb 22

    My lashes and brows now look fine with plenty

    of eyebrow pencil, eyeliner and mascara... But I still don't feel confident without it :/
    mblo2984 mblo2984
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jul 10, 2014

    I am so happy to announce

    that today marks 30 days of being pull free. I'm so happy! I wish there was something I could tell everyone that I did to help me but there isn't really anything. I had been dating my boyfriend for almost 10 months when I finally decided to tell him. I was so scared that he was...
    emily39 emily39
    18-21, F
    1 Response Oct 29, 2014

    Well, today is a big day

    for me. On this day three years ago, November 11, 2011, I made the decision to stop pulling. I've been pull free for three year!! And what an amazing journey it has been! When I first stopped, things were hard; really hard! I would constantly be reminding myself, day in and day...
    Casslav Casslav
    18-21
    2 Responses Nov 11, 2014

    Oh wow I found out that this group exists :P Iv

    been on some Facebook groups like this but it didn't work to well ~ how is everyone doing? Has anyone found any good methods? I use hair masks quite often in order to grow my hair better :) I also wear hats in order to not pull as much
    PoptartingUnicorn PoptartingUnicorn
    18-21, T
    Feb 18

    I have officially been pull-free

    since April 18th, 2014 and I am extremely happy with myself. I am going to get my first haircut (by a hairstylist) in almost 4 years. <3 I just wanted to remind people that there IS an end to this disorder! I had mine through hypnotherapy! It worked for me. If ANYONE ever...
    court14harris court14harris
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jun 26, 2014

    I have this too and on my scalp I have some

    bald spots, luckily my hair is very thick and it covers it up but this isn't good, I'm using head bands and perfumes to stop this. I hate this habit. Wish me luck to kick this! I wish y'all luck too ❤️
    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7
    16-17, F
    Jan 28

    I beat it! I did! I'm an 18 year old

    that has reassurance for all you trichsters out there- reassurance that doesn't have anything to do with doctor's visits, meds, or CBT appointments. Hang in there, it's possible. Message me for those tricks :)
    tricksfortrich tricksfortrich
    22-25
    2 Responses Oct 12, 2014

    I am so proud of myself.

    This is officially day 3 being pull free. I want this to last.
    UnusualArtist UnusualArtist
    16-17, F
    4 Responses Apr 28, 2014

    It got pretty bad there

    for a while, pulled a lot. I'm getting better now. :) PFV!
    Majin1712 Majin1712
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jan 4, 2015

    I was diagnosed with Trichotillomania

    when I was 5 years old. I am now 22. I only pull my eyelashes now. I used to pull the hair in my scalp and my eyebrows. I am having the most difficult time letting my eyelashes grow. A year ago I was able to let then grow out for 45 days and then stress got the best of me and I...
    09cramptonsa 09cramptonsa
    22-25, F
    6 Responses Apr 24, 2014

    Trichotillomania is destroying me.

    I can not resist the urge to pull. I am 16 and I have been doing this since I was 6. It started with just my toe hairs, then eye brows, leg hairs and finally my head. Ive tried various methods to stop and none of them seem to be working.
    crayolapencil crayolapencil
    16-17, F
    1 Response Apr 17

    I wanted to share a pic

    but I do not know how on here any help would be appreciated I have had a really rough time my whole life with trich and it sucks
    nathanshorter85 nathanshorter85
    31-35, M
    1 Response Mar 7

    Shaved my hair off again.

    .. My ex friend called me pathetic and I would be better off dead...
    hasbrogrl74 hasbrogrl74
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 31

    Trich has been apart of my life

    since I was about 6 years old. I don't know exactly what triggered it, but it has greatly impacted my life. It hit the hardest when I was in the 4th grade. I was a little 9 year old girl with no eyebrows and only 5 eyelashes on each eye. I knew back then that it was wrong, but I...
    ValentinaGirl14 ValentinaGirl14
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Feb 13, 2015

    Hi, I'm Emily and this is the fourth year I've

    had Trichotillomania. I got it when I was 9, in the beginning of my 4th grade year. I started pulling out my eyelashes and occasionally my eyebrows, and I didn't stop until right before I entered 6th grade. Once I did, I thought I was trich free. Yet a urge came to pull my hair...
    trichster86 trichster86
    13-15, F
    Feb 16

    I would like to get advice on different coping

    skills. It would mean a lot. Message or respond to me, I'm always here to talk as well.
    SandraKluba SandraKluba
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 24

    All About Meeee

     Im a super happy girl! but one thing im not happy about is that I suffer from hair pulling! i dont like it at all! And also,i pull my eyelashes out! Wow, i feel like a total idiot when people say hey kayla wheres your eye lashes or why are you are you bald? ha i tell...
    kaybaby007 kaybaby007
    16-17, F
    4 Responses Apr 15, 2008

    Makeup. Lotion, primer,

    powder, blush. Shadow, liner, brows and puff. Mascara? No way. Makeup was not supposed to be part of my daily regiment. It was supposed to be a special occasions thing that I didn't waste my time on while in college. I guess that ship has sailed. Some girls wake up in...
    AbusiveMistress AbusiveMistress
    18-21
    2 Responses Dec 15, 2014

    Does anyone know how to slowly stop trich Or

    keep me hand occupied from pulling my hair out I stopped for a while but know it's back!
    ChevyGurl20 ChevyGurl20
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Mar 9

    I don't have eyelashes anymore.

    I haven't touched the hair on my head, so it's not too noticeable. Regardless, my dad gives me hēll every day. He makes fun of me for it and calls it "self-mutilation".
    randompanda18 randompanda18
    13-15, F
    3 Responses Jan 27

    Four days without picking my hair.

    The longest period of time in almost 6 years.
    jackson112 jackson112
    22-25, M
    Aug 30, 2014
    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7
    16-17, F
    Jan 29

    I have had Trichotillomania

    for approx 25 yrs. I've been doing well for the past year after being put on medicine, but I still get the urge and pull. I always do my eyebrows overly plucked too. But the hair on my head is the other.
    graysmom07 graysmom07
    41-45, F
    Jan 25
    SandraKluba SandraKluba
    18-21, F
    Mar 24

    Does anyone else constantly try to hide their

    trich? I feel like no one understands and my parents don't believe it's a real disorder. I have basically no eyelashes and I buy eye lure lashes that look natural to cover the fact I don't have my own. Does someone know of an eyelash growth serum that might help? I have no self...
    kellyu22 kellyu22
    13-15, F
    2 Responses Apr 3

    I'm in 8th grade and I have been pulling my

    eyebrows and eyelashes since 5th grade and they are completely gone because of bullying and that I have not one friend... I have recently moved to a private Christian school and I'm trying to keep my secret from them cause I don't want to loose my amazing new friends! Should I...
    Penguinlover02 Penguinlover02
    13-15, F
    1 Response Mar 30

    Hi there, I'm new, and I just stumbled upon

    this group/site/experience and I have to just say Wow! :D (sorry in advance for my life story!) This may sound silly but I never knew that what I've been doing for the past 17 years or so meant that I have Trich. I'm 27 and I've been rubbing and pulling my eyebrows since I was...
    lightandlove18 lightandlove18
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 24, 2015

    I just turned sixteen

    and until about two months ago I had to wear a hairpiece because my pulling was so bad. Recently I have been doing very well with not pulling and my eyelashes are now visible!!! I still sometimes struggle with pulling because I like the feeling and my mom is super protective of...
    graceeliz330 graceeliz330
    16-17, F
    1 Response Apr 5

    What are your triggers

    and signs right before you pull? My triggers are boredom and stress and I usually play with the ends of my hair
    CookieTracker7 CookieTracker7
    16-17, F
    Jan 28

    I've been having troubles with my Trich lately.

    I'm going to be blatantly honest here. I'm 14 years old. I suffer from Trichotillomania and I feel so overwhelmingly alone in this. I have no one to talk to about this. So here's my story. Please don't judge.It started when I was about 10. I was semi-obsessed with my hair. I...
    theoreticals theoreticals
    16-17, F
    4 Responses May 17, 2015

    Trichotillomania is defined by the picking of

    skin and pulling of hair. For as long as I can remember I pulled at my hair, making it impossible to achieve the long mermaid like hair I've always dreamed of. My fingernails and the skin around them are constantly bitten off and the same goes for my toenails, except for them...
    TrappedAbs TrappedAbs
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 10

    Since I was in 8th grade,

    I have always picked and pried at my eyebrows. I guess you could say it started when I was first introduced to plucking them with tweezers. As I got older, my pulling got worse. I would pull all the time, and I still do everyday, and I am a freshman in college now. I have gotten...
    softballrox05 softballrox05
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 21
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